Holland Park interviewed Freddy Gray, Deputy Editor of The Spectator, to find out how his education has influenced his career choice.
Job title and company: Deputy Editor, The Spectator
Education: The Hall, Bradfield College, St. Andrews University
How did your education inform your choice of career?
I think it gave me the confidence to take risks, and challenge ideas, including my own. Studying History at a young age meant I thought early on about how each retelling of each story is informed by countless biases and different perspectives – so really you should never believe anything you’re told, or even what you’re saying.
Do you think you’d be doing what you are now if you’d been to a different school?
The advantage of Bradfield is that it wasn’t a branding experience. None of my peers felt that, because they were a certain type of public school boy, they had to do a certain type of job. I think that might have been different at another private school.
Did you find a particular teacher or person at your school or university especially inspirational?
My History teacher, George Chamier, was always provocative and unbossy, without trying to be cool. He always said fascinating things such as: “Sex in the Victorian age was what death is to us today” (or words to that effect), which stuck with me.
What did your education give you that you are most grateful for?
Friends and happiness at the time.
Freddy is the Deputy Editor at The Spectator. He was formerly the literary editor of the American Conservative, and deputy editor of the Catholic Herald. He writes primarily about US politics and religion.